11 Quick Ways To Make Your Dorm Room Homey

11 Quick Ways To Make Your Dorm Room Homey

Living on-campus can have some of the comforts of home.
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College life can be very difficult. Whether you are getting homesick, struggling with work, or having difficulty being independent, everyone has their struggles. The biggest one is not feeling like you are at home on your campus and in your dorm. There are a lot of things you can do to make that dorm room feel just like home.

1. Put up plenty of pictures

My walls are completely decorated with pictures of me and my family, my boyfriend, my friends back home, and my dog. It makes me feel better seeing the memories I have made back home and knowing I will be able to make even more memories when I see them again.

2. Have cleaning supplies

I don't know about anyone else, but I hate anything that's dirty. Dirty bathroom or dirty room, it's all disgusting to me. I have almost everything you can think of as far as cleaning supplies go. I even brought a vacuum and a broom with me to college. While I'm not the most organized person in the world, I do like things neat and clean and it makes me feel more at home when I can successfully keep my dorm clean.

3. Bring a microwave and a minifridge

Trust me, you won't think you'll miss home-cooked meals until you actually can't cook using a stove. Your microwave is the best you can do and you will appreciate having a minifridge with a small freezer because those tv dinners will become your best friend. I literally keep my fridge stocked with milk, eggs, cheese, deli meats, and other actual food items so I can make myself meals.

4. Keurig

Yes I know Starbucks makes the coffee for you, but you will thank me when you have used all your swipes for that one cup of coffee. With a Keurig, you just make your cup and go. It saves money and you don't even have to leave your dorm when you are craving caffeine.

5. Have your own set of dishes

These don't need to be anything more than some cups and small plates. When you don't want to eat at the dining hall those dishes come in handy for making a more convenient dinner option. They allow you to have sandwiches and anything else that constitutes an instant meal.

6. Bring a television

I mean if you are really stressing about not having all the comforts of home bring a t.v. Most universities have a cable hookup with tons of channels. I typically use mine to have background noise while I'm studying or watch HGTV or the news.

7. Make your room your own

I did this by buying wall decorations. I love the beach and mermaids so my decorations consist of beach themed items. I even have a sign that says mermaid crossing because I'm extra.

8. Don't skimp out on bringing clothes

You never know what occasion might occur. Bring those nice dresses and business casual items. You won't regret over-packing but you might regret not packing enough.

9. School and office supplies

One of the best decisions I made was bringing a printer, tape, a stapler, and a plethora of other office supplies. If I ever need anything for a project I know I have it. If I need to print something out for a class I have the means to do it.

10. First-aid kit

Obviously if you have medications you take everyday make sure they are in the dorm room but also bring things you don't think you will need. Band-aids are a big help, as well as burn cream and Tylenol or Advil. When you get that headache while studying or if you accidentally get a paper-cut you won't regret having those things.

11. Extra drawers

Yes the college provides you with a dresser but I can personally tell you it's not going to be enough. I have two extra drawer sets that I use to store my jeans, personal items, and then one that is just for random items.

Whenever you live on-campus, it is hard to make it feel like you are at home but there are ways to make it more like home. You are going to be there for at least 9 months so you just definitely make the most of it.

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As we embark on the semester, we are put on the spot in order to share interesting details about ourselves. This article discloses possible fun facts to tell others!
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After experiencing my first week of classes, I have learned that every student needs a handy-dandy list of fun facts about themselves to tell other people. Many professors use the first couple of classes to learn about their students, so you may need to think about who you are and how you want to introduce yourself to your professor and classmates. We all have that one go-to interesting fact about ourselves, but sometimes you just have to mix it up!

1. My favorite hobby is...

What do you do in your free time? Personally, I love to stay active! I am a competitive Latin dancer and enjoy teaching and taking Zumba classes, going to the gym, and hiking.

2. I love...

Is there something, someone, or somewhere that you love? What makes your heart ache? What do you miss when it's gone? I can say that I love my friends because I feel my most confident when I'm surrounded by those who love and support me.

3. I look up to...

Is there someone you adore? Who mesmerizes you? Who do you wish to learn from? After watching "A Ballerina's Tale," I discovered Misty Copeland. In 2015 she became the first African American ballet dancer to become the Female Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre. Her passion, grace, and strength continuously motivate me to better myself as an athlete and an individual.

4. This art speaks to me because...

Coco Chanel said, "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." This encourages me to always follow my heart no matter what. I will never follow society's standards and norms because they do not define me. Chanel's saying definitely influences my character and lifestyle.

5. A funny and/or embarrassing memory of me is...

When you make others laugh they want to spend time and make memories with you! Don't be afraid to embarrass yourself. You will come off as down to earth, easy-going, and loyal.

6. My siblings or lack thereof influenced me by...

I can go on and on about my brother, who is 10 years older than I. We have opposite personalities and despite the age gap, we're quite close.

7. My pet(s) are my life because...

Only sad people don't like hearing about furry creatures, even if your pets are slimy and slithering creatures all human beings enjoy hearing pet tales!

8. I'm afraid of...

Your personality can be revealed by your likes and dislikes, including the things that you fear. I am terrified of change and the unknown, hence, the future is an anxiety-inducing topic to discuss for me.

9. I am the way I am because...

What have you gone through in life that has shaped you into who you are today? Remember to be open minded and allow yourself to open up to your peers. You may be surprised by how others respond and/or what others have endured as well.

10. The most unusual item that can be found in your dorm...

This is a fun fact about yourself that can easily liven up an awkward conversation. Think about your quirks and differences! One item I have in my dorm is my teddy bear, Peter, whom I like to joke is my boyfriend.

11. My dream job is...

In college, "What's your major?" is a widespread question. Nonetheless, skip the boring statement of "I'm majoring in..." and go in depth on what your dream job is (hopefully your major factors in to this dream of yours).

12. My hidden talents are...

Angelina Jolie is a knife thrower. Kendall Jenner can produce bird noises. Amanda Seyfried can crochet and knit. Is there anything special you can do? Some people have rare and unique talents, maybe you can think of some hidden talents of your own!

13. My guilty pleasure is...

I will say it a million times: don't be shy when introducing yourself to new people! I'll start by divulging my guilty pleasure: Youtube's family vlogging channel, "OKBaby"!

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14. Some activities on my bucket list are...


This is an easy way to grab people's attention and find others with similar desires as you. Be an adventurer! Go out of your comfort zone!

15. Talk about your best friend...

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16. Talk about an accomplishment of yours...

You are incredible and have achieved so much! Reveal something that you are proud of — show off a little!

17. This one time at my job...

Bosses breathing down your neck. Curious coworkers asking personal questions. Cursing customers who never leave you alone. Your job can be filled with tons of hilarious situations that can easily entertain a crowd.

18. During the summer...

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19. I volunteer at...

Do you do any community service? Share a funny moment while you were volunteering. What did you learn while there? Would you continue?

20. [blank] is meaningful to me because...



What do you appreciate in life? What brightens your day? What makes you fall in love? What does someone have to do to make you smile?

Finally, remember to be outgoing! Reveal that three-mile smile and open your arms to learning about others. Spread smiles, love, and happiness.

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Recently, news outlets have been reporting on how the people of Sommarøy, a Norwegian island located north of the arctic circle, would like to remove the concept of time. This is largely in part due to the fact that the sun does not set during much of the summer nor does it rise during the winter. The inhabitants of Sommarøy do not have rigidly separated days and nights like the rest of the world and can be found doing normal daytime activities at 2 am in the summers.

They also would like to take clocks out of their society. Although this lifestyle might seem impractical to the rest of us, I couldn't help but wonder what it would be like to live in a world where time is irrelevant, in regards to the concept AND the physical effects of its passing. This newfound information gave rise to ideas of things (some simple, some whimsical) I'd do if the concept of time did not exist and we had as much time to do the things we wanted.

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2. Watch a flower grow from a seed to its death.

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7. Watch a full rotation of Earth around the sun from space.

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